Acquisitions Keep Rolling Along

Consolidation in the PR field continues apace as big firms keep buying smaller ones. Among the purchases in the last two weeks: J. Walter Thompson (owned by WPP Group) acquires
Imagio Technology Advertising and PR, a 90-person agency in Seattle with billings of $75 million. Hill and Knowlton, also part of WPP, buys SocketPR, a 45-person tech shop with
offices in Atlanta and Austin. Meanwhile, Golin/Harris snags Creative Event Marketing, an independent corporate events producer, and merges it with CrossMedia Golin/Harris, to
create CrossMedia CEM.